WE WILL: make higher education and occupational training programs accessible.
Ambitious individuals experience far too many barriers when journeying toward upward mobility in the United States. This is especially true when it comes to seeking the intellectual knowledge or trade skill that a person needs to be more prosperous within an occupation. Universities cap the number of admissions, but not the cost of credit hours, and trades filter workers through competitive commercial operations who are often more concerned with protecting their share of the market than they are with expanding opportunity.
America must work toward bringing down the cost of education, making seats available for anyone who wants to learn, and allow everyone the right to independently exercise their skill(s). This can be achieved by reallocating funds, attaching mandates to recipients of those monies and by re-writing policies that define what it means to be a qualified individual.
In a paper published by four academic economists titled “The Allocation of Talent and U.S. Economic Growth” the term “frictions” is defined as trends that hurt workers by preventing them from maximizing their talents in the economy. Economic writer Jim Tankersley argues in his book titled The Riches of this Land that by keeping talented people out of lucrative jobs the people perpetuating discrimination are hurting themselves. His writing also compares
patterns within individual demographics to trends that reflect the overall vitality of the economy during various time periods. In conclusion of the evidence Mr. Tankersley presents, he appears to be making the claim that a capitalist system operates most efficiently when every worker is doing the job that she or he is best at. Further support for this interpretation can be found when one considers the measures of the economy Mr. Tankersley presents. He produces data on economic trends that show when traditionally discriminated against workers became most prosperous that it was not at the expense of established workers. At large, William agrees with the assertion Mr. Tankersley presented in his book. If a worker has a comparative advantage, they will add much more value to their job and the whole economy will win. The constriction of the middle class is nothing more than a symptom of greed within a network of powerful established institutions that have the misfortune of not understanding the aggregate consequences.